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One of the best parts of any folk festival is the opportunity to engage in what’s going on and to get in on the dancing, music playing, art making, and so much more. CityFolk is no exception! You’ll find opportunities to immerse yourself all around the festival – we encourage you to take the plunge!

Here are just a few of the many options for participating at the festival:


Whether you’re a big kid or a small one, there’s something for you at CityFolk! The BSOMA KidZone is open from 2-6PM on Saturday and Sunday with family-friendly activities such as face painting, crafts, playing a variety of musical instruments & more. Come and bring the kids or discover the kid inside you!


Silent Auction

Be sure to check out the brand new Silent Auction this year and help us raise money for the Bluesfest School of Music and Art! BSOMA brings music into the lives of children in need across Ottawa and is located at Festival House, which also hosts the CityFolk office. 

CityFolk, in conjunction with RBC Bluesfest, delivers music education programs to children across Ottawa. We believe all children should have a chance to experience music in their developmental years, and as a non-profit organization, we strive to deliver these programs in an affordable and accessible manner.

Silent auction items include one-of-a-kind memorabilia, gift cards and baskets from local businesses, and other delightful experiences.

CityFolk 50/50 Draw

More Info: CityFolk Onsite 50/50 Electronic Raffle

Buy a ticket for your chance to win half the pot!  Tickets can be purchased via the above link or onsite from 50/50 volunteers. Winning numbers will be posted at the end of the festival on our website.

Ogilvie Subaru Logo

Ogilvie Subaru

Ogilvie Subaru is proud to be the 2019 title sponsor of CityFolk’s VIP Zone. We invite you to come and visit us and check out our new vehicle!

Casino Lac Leamy

Casino Lac-Leamy

We must catch the light! Here is a good game to test speed and synchronization hand-eye. The buzzers light up randomly in one color and each player must hit the button of their respective color as quickly as possible. The points accumulate on a luminous board and when a team reaches 25, the towers are illuminated by the color which prevails.


Get to the festival with Lyft. Enter code OTTAWACITYFOLK2019 to get 25% off your next 4 rides!

Mills Street Event Kiosk

Mill St. Brewery

Mill Street Brewery is proud to be back as the official beer partner of CityFolk! Visit their new Sustainable Sipping Station in the Aberdeen Pavilion to score a sample of their latest innovations or to walk away with some great giveaways. Using reclaimed materials, filled with great backyard games, reclaimed barrel tables and wooden Adirondack chairs the Sustainable Sipping Station will be the ultimate hangout space throughout the festival. Cheers!

A can of Blue Loster Vodka Soda

Blue Lobster Vodka Soda

Blue Lobster Vodka Soda is excited to be the official cooler partner for this years CityFolk Festival. Coming straight from the shores of Nova Scotia, Blue Lobster Vodka Soda Lemon Lime is your sugar free, sweetener free, carb free, gluten and preservative free beverage option - pure refreshment in a can! Visit their tent in the main bowl for some East Coast hospitality and a sample of Blue Lobster Vodka Soda all festival long.